Property owners, managers and associations are required to provide residents with the opportunity to recycle. These tips can help you set up and maintain a successful recycling program at your building.
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Residents in multifamily buildings want to recycle, but they don't always do it right. Hennepin County can help you set up a recycling system and provide educational materials for your residents. Free assistance from Hennepin County can greatly improve recycling at your building(s) making it easier for both managers and residents.
Request assistance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 612-348-6846.
Download educational materials and recycling signs
A variety of signs and educational materials are available for your recycling areas and to distribute to residents.
Due to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Hennepin County is unable to fulfill orders of apartment and multifamily recycling resources until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Our signs and educational materials are available as download only versions so you can print them yourself.
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How can I get my residents to recycle more?
Studies show that posting two or three recycling reminders throughout the year can increase participation by as much as 20 percent. Hennepin County can help you communicate effectively with your residents with free recycling storage bags, instructional labels for dumpsters and carts, presentations, posters and fliers.
For detailed information about what's recyclable – and what's not – visit our main recycling page.
- Paper – mail, magazines, newspaper, boxes, cardboard
- Cartons – milk cartons, juice boxes, soup cartons
- Plastic – bottles, jugs, cups, containers and lids
- Metal – food and beverage cans
- Glass – bottles and jars
Tips for a successful recycling program
These tips can help you set up and maintain a successful recycling program at your building.
Start with a good foundation
- Clearly label all recycling and trash containers. Use labels that include pictures of the materials that your residents can recycle. Use signs to direct residents to the correct containers.
- Give residents a recycling guide that includes a list of what can and can't be recycled when they move in.
- If your building has trash chutes, add recycling bins next to the trash chutes to make recycling just as convenient as taking out the trash.
- Post instructions in the recycling and common areas of your building (laundry room, community room, mailroom, bulletin board, etc.) showing residents how to recycle.
- Provide enough recycling service to accommodate all of the recyclables generated by residents. Recycling service should be equal to trash service, if your trash dumpster is 4 yards and serviced twice a week, your recycling dumpster should be as well.
- Provide educational materials in multiple languages if some residents do not speak English.
- Neighbor-to-neighbor encouragement can be the best form of recycling education. Recruit enthusiastic residents to champion the recycling program and educate other residents about recycling. Consider providing an incentive such as a rent credit or a preferred parking space.
- Remind residents to recycle by giving information to new residents at move-in and by providing periodic recycling updates.
- Inform your residents of the benefits of recycling and assure them that materials collected for recycling do get recycled.
- Provide positive feedback to your residents who are recycling. Consider setting a goal for your building and tracking progress regularly. If you produce a building newsletter, consider adding a recycling section for regular updates and reminders.